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Windows Desktop Software – Editors Choice Selection | Gizmo’s Freeware Archive

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[Doakio Editor's Note: This article was restored from Gizmo's Freeware archives as a service to the freeware community. Gizmo's Freeware provided high-quality, volunteer freeware reviews for decades. They shut down in July of 2021.]

Windows Desktop Software – Editors Choice Selection Index

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Gizmo's Freeware Top PickThis is the Gizmo's Freeware editors' choice list where you'll find a collection of the very best desktop freeware for Windows from our site. The list now includes 103 applications in various categories.

It's really a “best of the best” list for free Windows desktop applications. Most of the products in this list have been awarded the coveted “Gizmo's Freeware Top Pick” award signifying they are the best free product in their class. We've also included some other outstanding products that have impressed our editors with their usefulness and professionalism.

We suggest you browse the whole list at your leisure as you may be surprised what freeware gems you will discover. The pathologically impatient can use the Category Index above.

Caution: Some of these recommendations involve advanced system tasks like cleaning the Windows registry so be sure to backup or image your system first.


This list covers Windows desktop or legacy programs. If you're looking for Windows apps or Metro apps, check out below.

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